Mclean, Virginia

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Mclean, Virginia

Introduction to McLean, Virginia

McLean, Virginia, in Fairfax county, is 5 miles SW of Bethesda, Maryland (center to center) and 9 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia. The town is considered part of the Washington metropolitan area. McLean has a population of 38,929.

McLean History

McLean is a census-designated area in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia. The area was named after former publisher and owner of The Washington Post, John Roll McLean. He, along with the bankroll of French aristocrat Jean-Pierre Guenard and Stephen Benton Elkins, built the electrified Great Falls and Old Dominion Railway in 1906. The community was founded in the year 1910, at the time of the merging of the Lewinsville and Langley communities. The town of McLean is the home of the CIA's headquarters, which were set up in 1961.

McLean and nearby Attractions

  • Arlington House
  • Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Station
  • Garfield Memorial Church
  • Little Pimmit Run
  • Great Falls Park
  • Fort Marcy Park

Things To Do In McLean

From McLean one can visit Arlington House, Cherry Hill Farmhouse, Clara Barton House, and Falls Church. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm and the Discovery Creek Children's Museum are also within a radius of ten miles of the town. The local churches have some beautiful architectural features that are reminiscent of the bygone era. There are also a number of stunning streams and creeks including Little Pimmit Run, Scott Run, Dead Run, Bryan Branch, and Turkey Run. Langley Shopping Center, Chesterbrook Shopping Center, and McLean Shopping Center are a shopper’s paradise. In addition, the town hosts the 18th Century Market Fair, Fall Russian-Slavic Cultural Festival, and McLean Day celebrations every year.

McLean Transportation

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is close by.

McLean Higher Education

Keller Graduate School of Management, Inc. is the local institute of higher education. Other institutes nearby include Marymount University, American University, and Northern Virginia Community College.

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High Points

Mclean strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Virginia):

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Mclean People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Mclean Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Mclean College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Mclean Well-Paid Single Women
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Mclean Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Mclean Well-Paid Single Men
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 6% Mclean Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Mclean, Virginia

Comparing Mclean to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Virginia (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 10 9
Senior Citizens 9 5
Female Share of the Population 7 3
Racial Diversity 5 8
Male Share of the Population 5 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 7 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 8 10
Walking and Biking to Work 4 8
Short Commute Times 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 6
Housing Recently Built 5 7
People Living Alone 2 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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Mclean Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SW of Bethesda, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia
County Fairfax
Standard Zip Codes 22101, 22102
P.O. Box Zip Codes 22103, 22106
Company Zip Codes 22107, 22108, 22109
Phone Area Codes 703
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.934
Longitude -77.177

Mclean Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 42 to 69 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Distance 9.1 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 43 F
Apr Temp 46 to 66 F
Jul Temp 70 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 68 F
Annual Precip 39.3 inches
Distance 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches
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Mclean Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 38,929 100%
Male 18,748 48.2%
Female 20,181 51.8%
Under 18 9,877 25.4%
18+ 29,052 74.6%
65+ 6,226 16%
Median Age 43.4
Average Family Size 3.05
White 32,918 84.6%
African-American 616 1.6%
Asian 4,129 10.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 37 0.1%
Other 267 0.7%
Mixed Race 950 2.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,564 4%

Mclean Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.3%
English 13%
Irish 12%
German 11.1%
US/American 5.3%
Italian 4.2%
Scottish 3.2%
Polish 2.7%
Russian 2.6%
French (except Basque) 2.1%
European 1.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
British 1.6%
Iranian 1.6%
Dutch 1.3%
Lebanese 1.2%
Greek 1.1%
Swedish 1%
Norwegian 0.9%
Eastern European 0.7%
Finnish 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
French Canadian 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Swiss 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Arab/Arabic 0.5%
Turkish 0.4%
Other Arab 0.4%
Northern European 0.4%
Belgian 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Armenian 0.3%
Egyptian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Palestinian 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
Other Subsaharan African 0.2%
African 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Iraqi 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Jordanian 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Australian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Mclean, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Central McLean Detached Unit (22106)
Maclean (22101, 22102, 22103)
West McLean (22102, 22103)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Mclean 38,929 $137,610
Annandale 54,994 $80,459
Arlington 189,453 $78,877
Fairfax 21,498 $78,921
Falls Church 10,377 $97,225
Reston 56,407 $94,061
Vienna 14,453 $93,043

Starbucks in Mclean

(As of 2005)
6214 Old Dominion Center
1438 Chain Bridge Road
Tysons Corner Center
1961 Chain Bridge Rd
Tysons Galleria
2001 International Drive
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Mclean High Schools (2004)

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Serves 1,954 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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